Arts of the Americas
Horn (possibly mountain sheep)
late 19th century
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Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos
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Native Alaskan. Horn Ladle, late 19th century. Horn (possibly mountain sheep)
, 11 13/16 x 6 5/8in. (30 x 16.9cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 56.6.30. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.6.30_SL1.jpg)
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An animal horn was steamed and softened then shaped into this ladle. Engravings on the exterior of the bowl depict scenes of daily life: a whale hunt, men spearing walruses, fish drying outside a house, a fenced reindeer herd, a dog sled, two wrestling bears, and a shaman performing a ritual inside a house to heal the sick. Heavy engravings of a walrus head and shoulders and fishermen hauling in nets decorate the handle's interior. The ladle is in good condition.
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